Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pearl Jam - Comcast Center June 30, 2008

Pearl Jam
Comcast Center
Mansfield, MA
Monday, June 30, 2008
Support: Ted Leo and the Pharmacist

It has been countless times, not more than many folks, but still last night was my ninth time seeing Pearl Jam. It began in 91 when a "Who the hell is Pearl Jam" opened up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers/Smashing Pumpkins show at the Walter Brown Arena over at Boston University. Times have changed, but the band has only gotten stronger over the years. Even with my review of both the Stevie Wonder and Dianogah show(s) due to be posted, I went ahead and did this while it was really fresh in the brain.

The band, who sold out Saturday night as well, took the stage about 8:45. This was the final show of a short burst of shows. Often times, at least in the minds and opinions of the fans, the second show in a city is often better. We all sort of knew we were in for it when the band opened the show up with "Wash". The crowd would not be let down from here on in.

My seats were very close and off to guitarist Stone Gossards side as you can tell by the picture(s) there were a few decent moments to capture.

For the sake of brevity I'll hit on a few of the hot, and honestly not so hot, moments of the show.

- The "main set" was just under 70 minutes long, and the band rolls out NINE songs over 2 encores. It is time, to either ditch the opening band, or go to two sets. I know the band is "passionate" and has high energy etc, but still, the business with leaving the stage for 2-3 minutes, with a catalog as vast as theirs, well I digress.

- Even flow, and Alive, even though "played out" are still money songs. The solo, both a Mike McCreedy guitar solo as well as a Matt Cameron drum solo were both as exciting as they were flashy..which sometimes can bore, but not tonight. Great work.

- Stand outs from the "main set" were also "Animal" and "Given to Fly"

For Encore 1 Ed and Bassist Jeff Ament took the stage, only Jeff took an acoustic guitar. McCreedy positioned himself near the drum kit with a video camera in hand and the the guys went into "Bee Girl". It was a very rare treat. Betterman->Garden and Why Go wrapped up that encore, and as stong as it was, imagine if they'd have kept "going" after the main set.

The Second encore began with "No More" with Ed solo. It was a massive sing along and Ed tossed out his political leaning and had a little bit of preachy moment, but he was overall pretty good about it. Once->Footsteps and Alive were to follow and the band would wrap it all up with "Rockin in the Free World" and they had Ted Leo come back on.

Here are a few more shots when Ed/Mike walked well over to my side:

The full set list:
Wash, Last Exit, Save You, Severed Hand, Animal, MFC, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, 1/2 Full, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Education, Satan's Bed, Whipping, Glorified G, Do The Evolution.
Encore 1 Bee Girl, Who You Are, Better Man(Save it for Later), Garden, Why Go
Encore 2 No More, Once, Footsteps, Alive, Rockin' In The Free World



At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 10:54:00 AM , Blogger Evil Speakers said...

you've been on a roll with some serious show attendance lately.

nice work and welcome back

Evil Speakers

At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:03:00 AM , Anonymous Dude80cool said...

awesome shots,
you had some awesome seats (how close were you?),
10c since way back i take it??

At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:12:00 AM , Blogger Ground Control said...

Excellent. Do you have the Live in Atlanta show from '92 I posted about a year ago.? Pretty good.

How was Ted Leo?

At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:26:00 AM , Blogger March to the Sea said...

evil - all quiet until July (ha..its july 1st!)

dude - been a member since I *think* 92. I was 7 rows back..further back than I expected honestly..but still great.

gc - yep..i actually own the 92 show.. didn't make it in for Ted Leo..i know..lame..but I never ever ever tailgate before shows..or go with anyone..and last night I went w/someone and tailgated..go figure!?

At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 1:39:00 PM , Blogger Jocular Schlemiel said...

I had a chance to go to last nights show, but I couldn't make it due to work. Work always gets in the way, doesn't it?

At Tuesday, July 01, 2008 5:01:00 PM , Blogger B. said...

Rusty and I saw them in '03, and they were awesome!
Sidenote: My husband's cousin was at the same show as you and she said they were amazing.

At Wednesday, July 02, 2008 3:59:00 PM , Blogger Mr. A said...

Pretty decent set list... Stone Gossard has to be one of the most underrated guitar players in the world!

At Friday, July 04, 2008 3:37:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boring, stupid, and arrogant review from yet another idiot who implies that they can do better than the band they paid to see. Lame.

At Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:29:00 AM , Blogger March to the Sea said...

anon - i have no idea why I am even wasting my breath as you probably won't ever come back here.

I am confused as to my "arrogance" in the review.

I can handle boring and stupid but I am not sure where arrogance comes in to play.

Never said I could do better, matter of fact in reading this again I think it was a pretty fair review. I never slagged the band per se..i just said play longer. I didn't say anyone couldn't do their job.

Sorry to have not met with the level you'd have thought coming in..but like I said...you won't come back anyway ....

See you at the show(s)


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